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Giant to make Tyrfing whole again But Scafloc must also confront his shadow self Valgard the changeling in his place among me. There is a broken sword and there is a broken thing a changeling the story s villain There is a man and a woman and both shall be broken as well love shall bind them and love shall break them There are elves that rape their prisoners and trolls that mourn their lost daughters Odin disguised as Lucifer and Lucifer coming to mock and offer no succor even to those who swear fealty There is a White God bringing change all shall fear Him There is a wintry saga cold and bleak The Broken SwordA witch smiles in joy at her rat familiar gleeful at the breaking they have wrought A woman mourns the devastation of her family longing for death and finding it A story brings together all the legends and myths and races and gods and breaks them binds them breaks them again An author writes of grim destiny in words calm and

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The Broken Sword

Eapon for their war against the trolls Only Scafloc a human kidnapped and raised by elves can hope to persuade Bolverk the ice. Poul Anderson is an authors author Wait I already said that in my review of Tau Zero Now I will talk about his versatility The Broken Sword is nothing like his sci fi books that I have read before and it is so very different from Tau Zero that it is hard to believe the same author wrote both books I can not imagine Arthur C Clarke writing this or even Heinlein whose only fantasy Glory Road is still very Heinlein in style The Broken Sword is one of Anderson s comparatively few fantasy novels this book and Three Hearts and Three Lions are his two most popular fantasy titles It is a fairly straightforward story about two changelings one human swapped at birth with an elftroll hybrid An unwise idea from the elf king that inevitably end in tears The most interesting aspect of the book for me is the prose style w

Summary The Broken Sword

Thor broke the sword Tyrfing to save the roots of Yggdrasil the tree that binds earth heaven and hell Now the elves need the w. Why is this book not popular Written four years after The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and published the same year as Tolkien s The Fellowship of the Ring Poul Anderson s The Broken Sword is a fantasy masterpiece Combining Norse myth and legend English and World myth with historical fact and setting this tells a legendary tale economically and with a fable like tone Adventurous and entertaining as well the only reason I can think that it has been less successful than its English cousins is that where Lewis and Tolkien created fantasies rich in detail but were clearly especially Lewis a Christian allegory Anderson s book is purely mythic and leans heavily on the animistic perspective and stands outside the Christian house looking in Is this book too pagan to be marketable Anderson tells of an ep


10 thoughts on “The Broken Sword

  1. says:

    Why is this book not popular? Written four years after The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe and published the same

  2. says:

    THIS JUST IN In a stunning development certain to send shockwaves through the world of Fantasy Literature The Lord of the Rings long considered by many to be the Greatest Epic Fantasy of all time has been bitch slapped and bitch smote by Poul Anderson's 1954 dark fantasy epic The Broken Sword Anderson's story is now loudly demandi

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    Every young medium if it wishes to be taken seriously as an art form must find a way to present mature stories Movies began to take themselves seriously in the thirties comic books began their struggle to elevate themselves in the late seventies and videogames have been trying to achieve greater depth for the past few yearsYet like any rise from adolescence to adulthood this reaching for maturity is always an

  4. says:

    The Broken Sword is an essential work of heroic fantasy as important to the development of the genre as Eddison and Tolkien Howard and Leiber If it is neglected today that is partly because it is uniue it stands alone not part of a multi volume

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    Many ages ago when majestic forests dominated our lands and little cottages of hay and wood were the only thing protecting the hairy humans from the elements tales were not just tales The stories passed down from one generation to the next held Truth The stories read in those days were never forgotten They were carved in trees and stones they were carried with the water and the wind they were illuminated by the stars and the moon

  6. says:

    Poul Anderson is an authors' author Wait I already said that in my review of Tau Zero Now I will talk about his versatility The Broken Sword is nothing like his sci fi books that I have read before and it is so very different from Tau Zero that it is hard to believe the same author wrote both books I can not imagine Arthur C Clarke writing this or even Heinlein whose only fantasy Glory Road is still very Heinlein in style The B

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    It was a cool spring dark with the moon nearly full rime glittering on the grass and the stars still hard and b

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    There is a broken sword and there is a broken thing a changeling the story's villain There is a man and a woman and both shall be broken as well; love shall bind them and love shall break them There are elves that rape their prisoners and trolls that mourn their lost daughters; Odin disguised as Lucifer and Lucifer coming to mock and offer no succor even to those who swear fealty There is a White God bringing change all shall fear Him Ther

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    The Broken Sword A dark fantasy classic of Norse mythologyOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteraturePoul Anderson’s The Br

  10. says:

    There are hundreds of good fantasy books several that can be considered classics Only a few can be compared in any fashion to the The Lord of th

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